Kid Astray

After starting a band in high school the six members of Kid Astray got their start playing a mixture of cover songs and half finished tunes at small events in their snowy Oslo suburb. It is the same beginning to so many horrible bands haunting suburban open mic nights, pooling their money to record their first demo only to discover that they’re culturally bankrupt and no one cares.

However, in late 2012 when Kid Astray took to lead singer/songwriter Benjamin Giørtz’s basement studio they wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered their first song “the Mess” in 6 hours and sent it in to the national Norwegian radio NRK P3. The track became track of the week and was immediately added to playlist rotation, where it remained for over 20 weeks. It went on to get play on BBC1, KCRW, Sirius and many more stations internationally.

Kid Astray proved they were no fluke when their second single “Best of Us” entered into even higher rotation on NRK and landed them gigs at most major Norwegian festivals and also a few in the UK. In the mean time, the band managed to record a self-produced EP in the same basement studio, which was released on prestigious American indie label Mom+Pop gaining them radio play on a few further singles. This was all before they even graduated high school. Apart from being catchy songwriters and stellar musicians, the band are full of multi-talented individuals including a junior golf champion, a former classical piano prodigy and a model who has graced the pages of Italian Vogue.

After signing to a record deal with Norwegian independent label Cosmos (Say Lou Lou, Naomi Pilgrim) the band began writing and recording in Sweden and the UK with the like of Peter Morén (Peter, Bjørn and John), Markus Jagerstedt (Robyn), Erik Hassle and Tord Øverland Knutsen (the Wombats). With loads of new tunes, an extremely tight live set and 5/6 members reaching legal drinking age Kid Astray are ready to take over the world.

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